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Chennai Hyderabad April 19, 20 Highlights: Active cases in TN cross 75K as cases continue to rise across state

Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News April 19, 20 Highlights: According to a bulletin released by the Health and Family Welfare Department of Tamil Nadu, 2,12,99,220 samples from the state have been tested till date.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai, Hyderabad |
Updated: April 21, 2021 8:55:50 am
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Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus News April 19, 20 Highlights: Tamil Nadu recorded 10,941 positive cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the state tally to 10,02,392. Among these, Chennai reported 3347 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 2,86,569. The state recorded 44 deaths on Monday, putting the state toll at 13,157. Forty of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. A total of 6172 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 9,14,119.

As of Monday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 75,116. Till date, 6,05,147 males, 3,97,209 females and 36 transgenders have tested positive for the virus in the state.

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18:06 (IST)20 Apr 2021
Police personnel keep people away from Marina Beach as restrictions are enforced in TN from today
17:28 (IST)20 Apr 2021
Chennai corporation reopens tele counselling centre for COVID-19-related queries and mental health counselling

Months after it was suspended, the Greater Chennai Corporation’s (GCC) tele-counselling centre began functioning in Chennai Monday, to cater to queries from the public, COVID-19 patients and those under home isolation across the city.

With 100 operational lines, the centre will field queries from citizens regarding COVID-19, medical emergencies, vaccination, non-COVID-19 health queries, COVID-19 tests, Covid care centres (CCC), hospitals that provide treatment, Vidmed (an initiative by the GCC), e-Sajeevani, medicines for COVID-19, requests for disinfecting premises, requests for providing yellow bags (for waste collection from COVID-19 households), follow up on home isolation including those under the high risk and comorbidities categories, green corridor and tuberculosis helpline.

With mental health sharing the centre stage with COVID-19 ever since the WHO declared the virus a pandemic last year, the tele counselling centre also provides mental health assistance and counselling for citizens.

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16:40 (IST)20 Apr 2021
Telangana imposes Covid-19 night curfew till May 1

Amidst the rapidly rising numbers of coronavirus cases in the state, the Telangana government Tuesday announced the immediate imposition of night curfew between 9 pm and 5 am, till 5 am on May 1. The decision comes a day after the Telangana High Court pulled up the state government for not doing enough to contain the spread of disease and asked the administration to take a call in 48 hours. The court had said that it would be compelled to order enforcement of night curfew or weekend lockdown if the government did not do so.

According to Tuesday’s government order, all offices, firms, shops, establishments, and restaurants, etc shall close at 8 pm. This is, however, not applicable to hospitals, diagnostic labs, pharmacies, and those dealing with the supply of essential services such as – print and electronic media, telecommunications, internet services, broadcasting, and cable services. Petrol pumps, LPG, CNG, Petroleum, and gas outlets are exempted from these restrictions.

Those involved in the delivery of goods through e-commerce and those employed in IT and IT-enabled services are also exempted. Others who are exempted from the latest orders are people employed in power generation, transmission, and distribution, water supply and sanitation, cold storage and warehousing, private security services, and production units or services that require continuous process, according to the GO.

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16:01 (IST)20 Apr 2021
Boney Kapoor, Udhayanidhi Stalin pay tribute to Vivek on sets of Article 15 Tamil remake

Actor Udhayanidhi Stalin started shooting on Monday for his next film, which is the Tamil remake of Bollywood hit Article 15. The entire cast and crew observed a moment of silence on the sets in honour of Vivek before beginning the shoot. “Today @Udhaystalin joined the shoot of remake of #Article15 directed by @Arunrajakamaraj in Pollachi. Before commencing work, the whole Unit observed a minute of silence to pay respect and homage to the departed Soul of Late Shri #Vivek Ji (sic),” tweeted producer Boney Kapoor, who is bankrolling the film.

Vivek passed away on Saturday after suffering a fatal cardiac arrest on Friday. “We will walk in the footsteps of Vivek, who advocated social change and protect our environment,” Udhayanidhi wrote on his Twitter page.

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15:37 (IST)20 Apr 2021
Over 11.94 people vaccinated in Chennai till date

The Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) has stated that 11,94,978 people have been vaccinated in Chennai till April 19, with 28,612 people having been inoculated on Monday alone.

14:38 (IST)20 Apr 2021
Fuel prices in Chennai and Hyderabad today

Petrol and diesel prices remained steady across the country for the fifth consecutive day on Tuesday, April 20, 2021. The auto fuel prices were last revised on April 15, when petrol fell by 16 paise per litre and diesel slipped by 14 paise in the national capital.

In Chennai, petrol costs Rs. 92.43 per litre while diesel is Rs. 85.75 per litre.

In Hyderabad, petrol costs Rs. 93.99 per litre while diesel costs Rs. 88.05 per litre.

13:44 (IST)20 Apr 2021
Andhra Pradesh: Chittoor, East Godavari hit worst by Covid

Chittoor and East Godavari in Andhra Pradesh have become the worst Covid-19 affected districts even as Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy called for focussed testing and hastened vaccination.

The CM called on health workers, district collectors, police and village and ward secretariat staff to work with the same spirit as last year as Covid-19 cases have started rising again.

Chittoor with 1,00,254 cases and 918 deaths and East Godavari with 1,29,312 cases and 638 deaths are the worst affected, according to officials.

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13:00 (IST)20 Apr 2021
Telangana CM K Chandrasekhar Rao tests positive for Covid-19

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has tested positive for Covid-19.

The CM is currently at his farm house on the outskirts of the city.

In a press note, Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar stated that the CM has tested positive and has mild symptoms. He has been advised isolation. A team of doctors is monitoring his health, said the note.

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12:28 (IST)20 Apr 2021
Telangana daily COVID-19 tally nears 6,000

Telangana confirmed 5,926 fresh coronavirus cases Monday, the highest ever in a single day, pushing the total infection count to over 3.61 lakh, while the toll rose to 1856 with 18 more fatalities.

Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 793, followed by Medchal Malkajgiri 488 and Rangareddy 455, a government bulletin said on Tuesday.

The total number of cumulative cases stood at 3,61,359 while with 2029 patients being cured, the total recoveries were at 3,16,650. The state has 42,853 active cases and over 1.22 lakh samples were tested on Monday. Cumulatively, over 1.19 crore samples have been tested. The samples tested per million population was over 3.20 lakh, the bulletin said.

The case fatality rate in the state was 0.51 per cent while the recovery rate in Telangana was 87.62 per cent. According to a separate release, over 27.47 lakh people in the state have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine while over 3.81 lakh got their second shot also as of April 19. (PTI)

12:10 (IST)20 Apr 2021
Chennai Metro revises train timings from today

With the Tamil Nadu government having anounced a slew of measures to contain the spread of the virus from April 20, Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) has announced a change in train timings from today.

As per a release, trains will be operated from 5.30 am to 9 pm from Monday to Saturday, with a headway of 5 minutes during peak hours and 10 min during non-peak hours, as opposed to the earlier timing of 11 pm.

The last train will depart from all the terminals, namely Puratchi Thalaivar Dr. M G Ramachandran Central Metro, Airport Metro, St. Thomas Mount Metro and Wimco Nagar Metro stations, between 8.55 pm and 9.05 pm and will reach the destination terminals at 9.50 pm.

11:45 (IST)20 Apr 2021
Despite lockdown, IIT-M files for 184 patents in 2020

Notwithstanding the pandemic-induced lockdown, researchers at the IIT-Madras here filed for 184 patents in the year 2020, the premier institute said on Monday. Researchers and students filed for the patents "overcoming the several months of nation-wide lockdown," it said in a release.

"This includes nine patents related to COVID-19 for inventions ranging from Systems and methods for detection of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus, a standalone, portable single-use and wireless ventilator system and a system for non-invasive calibration-free blood pressure measurement," it said.

Smart and Sustainable devices for infectious mask and PPE waste treatment is among the others. Besides medical and healthcare, several patents were also filed in other areas such as 5G, telecommunications, sensors and instrumentation.

Another major highlight in the patents filed for from IIT Madras has been the steady increase in international patents, it said. From 22 in the calendar year 2017, the total number of international patents reached 65 during 2020. "Over the years, IIT Madras has created an ecosystem that encourages and facilitates its researchers towards filing patents," the release added. (PTI)

11:37 (IST)20 Apr 2021
Madras HC orders special counters for disabled at vaccination centres

The Madras High Court on Monday directed the Tamil Nadu government to establish special counters exclusively for the disabled at all the vaccination centres in the State.

Immediate steps shall be taken by the state to ensure the special counters are disabled-friendly, the first bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy said. The bench was disposing of a PIL from Meenakashi Balasubramanian, co-founder of Equals Center for Promotion of Social Justice.

The petition prayed for a direction to the Union Health Ministry and the state unit to include persons with disability and their caregivers as a priority group for administering Covid-19 vaccines. Earlier, the government told the bench that the Union government has not evinced any interest in giving priority to the differently abled and did not respond to its plea.

Priority would be given to the disabled, if the court passes an order to this effect, it said, adding the special counters will be provided exclusively to the disabled at all the Covid-19 vaccination centers in the state. 

Recording the submissions, the bench gave the direction and disposed of the PIL. (PTI)

11:06 (IST)20 Apr 2021
Covid-infected MP doctor airlifted to Hyderabad after CM Chouhan steps in

A 40-year-old pulmonologist posted in Madhya Pradesh’s Sagar district was airlifted to Hyderabad on Monday with aid from the state government to undergo a lung transplant after his health deteriorated days after he tested positive for Covid-19.

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan asked officials, including district collector Deepak Jain, to arrange for Dr Satyendra Mishra’s movement from Sagar to Bhopal through a green corridor – he was airlifted to Hyderabad from the state capital.

Dr Mishra, assistant professor at pulmonary and tuberculosis department at the state-run Bundelkhand Medical College in Sagar, is said to have contracted the virus while attending to patients at the hospital. He was undergoing treatment at Bhagyoday Hospital, a private healthcare in Sagar whose Covid care unit was also set up following the doctor’s interventions.

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10:42 (IST)20 Apr 2021
NGT forms panel to inspect quarry site

The Southern Regional Bench of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has constituted a panel, led by Chengalpattu District Collector, to inspect a quarry site, allegedly conducting illegal operations near the Arignar Anna Zoological Park at suburban Vandalur and submit a report. The park is popularly known as Vandalur Zoo.

The Tribunal judicial member Justice K Ramakrishnan and expert member K Sathyagopal gave this direction on April 16 while entertaining an application from C R Vijaykumar of Unamancheri in Chengalpattu district.

According to the applicant, Environmental Clearance (EC) was granted by the State Environment Impact Assessment Authority (SEIAA) to UGC Aravind of Unamancherri village on July 18, 2013 for five years. But Aravind had obtained the EC suppressing the fact that it was within 2.5 km from the Vandaloor Zoo and very close to the reserve forest area, the applicant said. 

Further, he was now continuing with the operation, even after expiry of the EC period and had conducted mining in area other than the place permitted under the lease. Excess mining has been done by him. On account of the unauthorized activity of continuing with the quarrying without necessary permission a lot of ecological damage has been caused and a huge amount has been lost to the exchequer as well, the applicant contended.

To ascertain the genuineness of the allegations and violations, the tribunal said it is appropriate to appoint a joint committee, comprising the local Collector or a senior Officer not below the rank of Assistant Collector/Sub Divisional Magistrate as deputed by him, a senior officer each from SEIAA, Directorate of Geology and Mining and the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB).

The committee should inspect the area in question and submit a factual as well as action taken report if there was any violation found. It should also assess the environmental compensation to be recovered from him. The Directorate of Geology and Mining will be the nodal agency for co-ordination and for providing necessary logistics for this purpose, the tribunal said and posted the matter for further hearing on May 28. (PTI)

10:19 (IST)20 Apr 2021
195 flights to fly between Chennai and major cities today

A total of 195 flights will be operated between Chennai and major cities today, with 98 arrivals and 97 departures scheduled at the Chennai International Airport.

09:50 (IST)20 Apr 2021
Stalin wishes Manmohan Singh a speedy recovery

DMK president M K Stalin on Monday wished former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who tested positive for COVID-19, a speedy recovery.

Singh, 88, has been admitted to the AIIMS trauma centre, which is a dedicated COVID facility, in Delhi and his condition was stable.

"I am saddened to hear that former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh has tested positive for #COVID19. Wishing him a speedy and safe recovery back to good health," Stalin said in a tweet. (PTI)

09:31 (IST)20 Apr 2021
Power to be suspended in parts of Chennai today

Tangedco has announced a powercut in parts of Chennai from 9 am to 2 pm today to carry out maintenance work.

Here are the affected areas:

  • Avadi Padiyanallur: PT Moorthy Nagar, Padiyanallur, Attanthangal Balamurugan Nagar, Attanthangal, Solaiyamman Nagar and Gandhi Nagar.
  • Avadi: CTH Road, Gandhi Nagar, Kavarapalayam, Sindhu Nagar, DRR Nagar and Periyar Nagar.
  • Sembium: TH Road, Teachers' Colony, Raja Street, Kamaraj Salai, Kattabomman Main Road, Jawahar Street, EB Road, Indira Nagar West, Ambedkar Nagar, Thappal Petti, Gandhi Street, Perambur High Road, SSV Koil Street and nearby areas.
  • Tambaram: Nehru Nagar, Mambakkam Main Road, Babu Nagar, Palm Garden and nearby areas.
  • Puzhal: Gandhi Street, VOC Street, Gurushanthi Nagar, Thiruneelaganda Nagar and nearby areas.
09:12 (IST)20 Apr 2021
TN reports 10,941 fresh cases, 44 deaths

Tamil Nadu recorded 10,941 positive cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the state tally to 10,02,392. Among these, Chennai reported 3347 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 2,86,569. The state recorded 44 deaths on Monday, putting the state toll at 13,157. Forty of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. A total of 6172 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 9,14,119.

As of Monday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 75,116. Till date, 6,05,147 males, 3,97,209 females and 36 transgenders have tested positive for the virus in the state.

According to a bulletin released by the Health and Family Welfare Department of Tamil Nadu, 2,12,99,220 samples from the state have been tested till date, with 1,11,590 samples having been sent yesterday. There are 263 COVID-19 testing facilities in the state, out of which 69 are government and 194 are private facilities.

09:11 (IST)20 Apr 2021
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18:35 (IST)19 Apr 2021
26 more employees of Chennai's Saravana Stores test positive

26 more employees of Saravana Stores in Purasawalkam have tested positive for Covid-19. In the first sample that was tested on Friday, a total of 13 employees had tested positive. The second sample test, which was conducted on Saturday and whose results came on Monday, showed that 26 more people have been infected.

Some of the employees were staying in a dormitory which was located in the same building that houses the store. The furniture and home appliance store at Kasiappar street has been closed. The building has now been sealed and the entire street barricaded.

While some of the workers have been admitted to Communicable Disease Hospital, the others are in home isolation.

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A restaurant in Chennai was asked to shut down on the very day it opened for the first time following reports that Covid norms were being violated and the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) issued by the Tamil Nadu government to tackle the pandemic was not being adhered to.

READ | Chennai restaurant asked to down shutters on its opening day for violating Covid norms

Actor Mansoor Ali Khan Monday filed a bail application before a sessions court in Chennai after the BJP filed a complaint against the actor. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday submitted a complaint to the Police Commissioner against Tamil actor Mansoor Ali Khan for allegedly spreading false information regarding Covid-19 and linking actor Vivek’s death to the coronavirus vaccine.

READ | Mansoor Ali Khan files for bail after BJP files complaint against him for ‘spreading fake news on Covid-19’

For assistance on COVID-19-related queries and mental health support in Chennai, citizens can contact the Greater Chennai Corporation's (GCC) COVID-19 helpline 044 46122300 | Citizens can find the nearest GCC-facilitated COVID-19 fever clinic here | For lodging rain-related complaints and assistance during the monsoon, citizens can contact the GCC's monsoon helplines 044 25384530 or 044 25384540 or the control room 1913 (available 24x7)

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